Davao is one of the most celebrated cities in the Philippines. It is where you’ll taste a notoriously pungent but yummy fruit called “Durian.” In addition, here dwells the captive-bred Philippine Eagle, an endangered specie. In the world, Davao ranks 5th among the safest cities, making it one of the ideal places for local and foreign tourists annually.
Traveling is best enjoyed if money is spend wisely. For first-time tourist, getting an affordable tour packages in Davao is one of the ways to get started. But of course, the best getaway experience is always best spent with dear friends and loved ones. Here are some tips on how to spend a budget-friendly vacation with them.
Discover the history of Davao by visiting its museums
There are many tour operators in the Philippines that offers customized iteneraries for their customers. If the Museo Dabawenyo or the “Museum of the People of Davao is included on your planned route, you will be delighted to rediscover the culture and heritage of this city. The other one is called “Davao Museum,” which is just bigger than the later, and is located inside the Insular Village in Lanang.
As an educational and historical hub, this museum showcases four rooms: The Indigenous People’s Gallery, The Moro People’s Gallery, The Contemporary Gallery and the Memorabilia Gallery. Primarily, these galleries features arts, crafts, old tribe weapons, musical instruments, wood carvings, and a whole lot more.
This museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It is closed during Mondays for maintenance works and during holyweek, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For tourists and locals, you don’t need to worry about the entrance fee because it is free.
Roam around Davao’s park and have some breath of fresh air
One of the famous nature reserves in Davao is the “People’s Park” which is one of the go to places there nowadays. This basically a four hectare theme park that features life-sized structures of the Philippine Eagle and the Lumads.
If you’re a traveler who just wants to stroll the park and is into something exciting and interesting, this park has wonderful landmarks such as Dancing Fountain, Artificial Waterfalls, Durian Domes, Artificial Forests and many more.
It is one of the few public places in the country that is free of liter. Therefore, it was admired for its cleanliness. Tourists can also relax, take pictures with the backdrop of well-maintained pine trees that reflects the rich mountains of Davao. Also, this place is just right behind the busy streets. Thus, perfectly complimenting those who just want to rest and take a break from their work. Lastly, the entrance fee of People’s Park is also free.
Conquer the Philippine’s highest peak, Mt. Apo
Also known as the “King of Philippine Peaks.” For adventurers and trekkers, whether professional or amateur, chose this mountain as their climbing destination.
The summit of Mt. Apo overlooks Davao City to the northeast part of Digos City to the Southeast and Kidapawan City to the west. For those who are interested to conquer the grandfather of Philippine Mountains, some schedules are set by different local travel agencies. All you need to do is search and contact them for reservations.
Davao City has a lot more to offer other than these suggested landmarks both natural and man-made wonders. So, if you’re looking for an affordable getaway this coming vacation, this place must be on top of your list.
Hey there! Adam Rosel is a travel agent by profession and lover of every country's cultures, languages, food, and urban places. A traveler and a full time blogger and he’s recently woking at Uno Tours, travel tour operator in the Philippines.